CAROL KAZWICK; Department Chair – Paper Arts
Carol is a Chicago area based mixed media artist and instructor in hand papermaking and collage. Her artwork revolves around the themes of the natural world, landscape and the past. She holds a B.A. in art from North Central College and exhibits her work extensively in the Midwest.
SISTER MARY BOYD; Art History
Sister Mary Boyd, a School Sister of St. Francis, has been in the field of education for 49 years. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Alverno College in Milwaukee, an M.S. in Education: Guidance and Counseling, from NIU, a studio art major from NIU and an M.A. in Art History from NIU. Most of her education work has been as an art teacher.
CARRIE CARLSON; Printmaking
Carrie Carlson received her BA in Biology and Art at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She earned an MFA in Scientific Illustration from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Since 2001, Carrie has taught science (biology, biomedical sciences, horticulture) and art (drawing, painting, design) in the south suburbs of Chicago. In addition, she is a freelance artist and an art instructor at the Morton Arboretum.
GABRIELA GUGANOVIC; Photography
"Gabriela Guganovic is a native Hungarian artist living and working in St Charles. Passionate about art and photography she continuously created images in her free time and successfully exhibited and published her photography in Poland. After her move to Chicago in 2005 she earned a Certificate in Photography Technology with Highest Honors at the College of DuPage. She exhibits her work in Europe and the USA and is featured in art magazines internationally. You can view her work at gabrielafineartphotography.com. "
KAREN JOHNSON; Painting, Drawing
Karen has bachelors’ degrees from Iowa State University in biological illustration and entomology. Karen has done the majority of her color work in watercolor, gouache and acrylic and black and white work on scratchboard. Her realistic depictions of flowers and insects are done on a variety of backgrounds ranging from plain to abstract. To see more of her work, check out her website at www.karensnatureart.com
JOANNE LAUDOLFF; Printmaking
JoAnne Laudolff is a graduate of Columbia College and has been teaching art classes for the past ﬁfteen years. She believes that everyone is creative and emphasizes that as a teacher. She is excited by the endless possibilities for experimenting with many art forms.
KIMBERLY MULLARKEY; Drawing
Kimberly Mullarkey received her BFA in drawing and printmaking from University of California, Santa Cruz and her MFA from NIU. She also completed the Botanical Art Certificate program at The Morton Arboretum. She is a Signature Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Kimberly works in several mediums and continues to make sketching a daily part of her day.
GALE TRAUSCH; Watercolor
I have been a lifelong artist following a passion for drawing, painting and nature. After two art degrees and over thirty years of teaching, I pride myself with excellent drawing skills and an expressive mastery of color within the watercolor medium. As much as I yearn to continue traveling with my paints overseas & in our country, I look forward to studying that butterfly in the local prairie much the same as I 'flip/flop' between a realistic close up of a seashell AND an abstract portrayal of a gorgeous sunset. I look forward to sharing this love of watercolor, color and nature with fellow artists.
ALYCE VAN ACKER; Acrylic Painting
Alyce was born and grew up in Wayne, IL. After entering the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, she became a teacher, working in Michigan, California and Florida. After acquiring an MA in painting, she partnered in an art gallery shop and became an instructor at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center.
SUE WEGENER; Watercolor, Drawing
Capturing the details of nature and sparking a curiosity of the natural world is what I hope to accomplish in creating my artwork. Although trained as a medical illustrator I was always drawn back to the world of botany. I traded my brush for a computer and worked as a Nature Arts Education Manager for eleven years. Recently I have moved back to freelance art, teaching and designing workshops full time. I studied scientific illustration at NIU and completed my Master’s in Biomedical Visualization at UIC.
WILLIAM WORCESTER; Oil Painting, Acrylic Painting
William Worcester was born in Oak Park, Illinois and has had an art career for most of his adult life. He has a B.A. in Art from North Central College. His work is in numerous national and international collections. His website is williamworcester.com
CAROL ZACK; Oil Pastel
Carol Zack is a Chicago area artist whose background includes a BA and MA in Art Education. She started her career teaching art in Rantoul, Illinois and also taught art at the University of Illinois and Ball State University. Carol also worked as a visual merchant at Sears Corporate, but recently started her own art business, creating oil pastel paintings, teaching, and exhibiting. Website: www.zackartistry.com.